Sunday, April 2, 2017

IAST #190

It's that time of the week, and I played along with Adele Bruno's Its' A String Thing challenge, you can find the details HERE.  I liked the tangles she chose, not really the string, so as usual the string got lost somewhere , which is perfect for the art of Zentangle!  There are no rules, no restrictions, simply guidelines.  So here is my tile:
Box Spirals; Windfarm; Nouvart

I love this little Box Spirals (step-outs provided by Margaret Bremner).  I especially enjoyed adding a little black in the open spaces.

We've had the most exquisite weather these last few days.  The season is definitely changing as we go into "Autumn".  Plus my daughter is on school holidays for two and a half weeks, so hopefully we get out and so stuff outdoors!

Hoping you are enjoying a wonderful Sunday.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

IAST #189

I was late with my Zentangle tile for Adele's last challenge so I made an effort to get it in on time this week!  We got to play with a nice loopy string and some interesting tangles.  You can find the details on Adele's Blog HERE.

He is my submission:
Tangles: Patience; Aura Leah; CO2

My tile turned out rather organic, which I quite like. At long last, I managed to get to that quiet, meditative place when tangling this tile!  I'm hoping it's a sign that life will take a good turn.

We experienced a beautiful sunny, blue skies kind of day today, I felt immensely grateful.

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, March 13, 2017

IAST # 187

The challenge this week at Adele Bruno's blog was in honour of St. Patricks' Day, so the string was a clover leaf.  Here is my tangled tile:

I love the tangle Rixty which is the one filling most of the string.

Have a blessed day!

Monday, March 6, 2017

IAST #186

Playing with Adele Bruno's latest challenge, you can find the details HERE.  I'm not sure how I feel about this tile, but it is what it is.
Pokeroot; Wacho; W2

I'm learning that in art, if you are "not feeling it" it very rarely turns out in a satisfactory way!  But we keep on practicing because that is what art is about, and that is how one gets better over time.

Last week was just a crazy busy week, my daughter is super busy with sports at the moment and I feel like I am driving up and down all day long, and I ONLY have ONE child!!!  So I feel for those with more.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

My Dad

I've had this photo of my Dad, taken about a year before he passed away.  In the recent month I have been thinking a lot about drawing him, but whenever I sat and thought about it I got quite emotional, I still do just typing about it.

Well, I got up the courage to try and draw him, remembering that I am still very much in the early stages of learning how to draw!  However, with the welcomed advice of my Art teacher, I persevered and am happy and touched by the results.

I used 4 or 5 Pastel Pencil crayons ( first time using this medium) and sketched him on some tan paper.

I'm happy to say that slowly but surely I am starting to capture likeness more accurately.  Having said that though, I am not really after likeness, I am rather more interested in capturing the mood and the feelings that go with what I am drawing, which also means that it's going to very much depend on my state of mind/heart on the day that I draw.  And that's just fine by me....

Sunday, February 12, 2017

It's A String Thing #183

It's still a heart theme over at Adele Bruno's blog, you can find all the details HERE.  The string for this tangling exercise was a heart string with two lovely tangles, ZENITH (by Zentangle) and CAUGHT (by Christine Reyes).

I will need to practice doing Zenith as a border, it didn't quite go as expected.  I also took a bit of liberty and added some stripes in an effort to create a bit of dimension.  Here is my tile for this week:

We woke up to some light rain this morning which is wonderful.  We are still very short of rainfall in this region so every little bit counts!

Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


I've been learning how to sketch/draw this last year and a half or so.  I still have a long way to go of course.  The biggest lesson is learning to love what you draw, and accepting that we all have our own styles.  Once I realised that, I felt much better about my drawings.

Here is a charcoal/pastel drawing I did last week and I was thrilled with the outcome.

I go for lessons once a week to an artist who has now become my friend.  I was so touched when she told me this was worthy of framing!!!

Have a fabulous day!